Local files

Make Spotify your all-in-one music player.

In addition to over 30 million tracks that we offer from our catalog, you can also use your Spotify app to play music files stored on your computer.

Pick your device below to learn how.

Note: After these steps, Spotify will play the file that was originally stored on your device whenever you choose the song, even if it’s in the Spotify catalog.

 

Desktop

Any music files in your Music and iTunes folders are imported automatically. Click here for steps to import iTunes playlists manually.

To add more music files stored on your computer:

  1. Click on the arrow () in the top-right corner, and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Local Files.
  3. Click ADD A SOURCE to point Spotify to other music files on your computer.
  4. Switch off sources you no longer want Spotify to check for local music files.

Spotify supports .mp3, .mp4, and .m4p files. It doesn’t support .mp4 files that contain video. 

If QuickTime is installed on your computer then .m4a files are also supported. We’ll do our best to match any unsupported local files with songs from the Spotify catalog.

iPhone

Note: This feature is for Premium subscribers only.

  1. Using the desktop app, add any music files from your computer that you want to sync to a playlist.
  2. Log into Spotify on your iPhone using the same WiFi network as your desktop.
  3. Tap Your Library in the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Tap Playlists.
  5. Select the playlist containing the local music files and switch Available Offline at the top on (green).
  6. A green arrow will appear next to the tracks when syncing is complete.

iPad

Note: This feature is for Premium users only.

  1. Using the desktop app, add any music files from your computer that you want to sync to a playlist.
  2. Log into Spotify on your iPad using the same WiFi network as your desktop.
  3. Tap Your Music.
  4. Tap the playlist containing your music files.
  5. Tap the Available Offline switch at the top to ON (green).
  6. A green arrow will appear next to the playlist when syncing is complete.

Android

Note: This feature is for Premium users only.

  1. Using the desktop app, add any music files from your computer that you want to sync to a playlist.
  2. Log into Spotify on your Android using the same WiFi network as your desktop.
  3. Tap the menu button ().
  4. Tap Your Music.
  5. Tap Playlists.
  6. Select the playlist containing your music files and tap the Available Offline switch at the top to ON (green). 
  7. A green arrow will appear next to the tracks when syncing is complete.